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Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is http://tuviainil.blogspot.com He publishes 4-6 times a week on his blog. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.
Richard Falk is in the news again today. He is the United Nations’ ‘Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied since 1967’. He is a man with a mission. His mission is to demonize Israel.
He returns to the news just as Israel Apartheid Week prepares to open its month-long Israel-is-apartheid extravaganza, beginning next week. Perhaps Falk wants to be first to attack the hated Israeli. Perhaps he simply likes the words, Israel-is-apartheid. Perhaps he just hates Jews.
He has been ‘The UN Special Rapporteur for six years. His anti-Israel portfolio is extensive. An academician by training, his attacks against Israel have been uniquely un-collegial. They have been excessive. They have been beyond reason.
He repulses Jews. He repulses pro-Israel advocates. He has even repulsed anti-Israel ‘Palestinians’.
That’s hard to do. But Falk is an expert. His expertise is demonization. He may be the world’s greatest Jew-hater today.
To understand such a label, consider the following: in June, 2011, this master of demonization posted a cartoon on his personal blog which, he said, was anti-American. But that description did not explain the anti-Israel and anti-Jew content of the cartoon.
The cartoon showed the Statue of Lady Justice carrying a sword. She (‘Justice’) was blindfolded. She had a dog beside her. She had the dog on a leash. The dog wore an Israel flag as a ‘doggie’ coat. It was angrily crunching on ‘Palestinian’ bones. The dog was simultaneously crushing Arab bones in its mouth--and urinating on Justice. The dog wore a kippa—the head-cap worn by religious Jews. The dog appeared to be grinning. It was destroying Arab bones and soiling Justice.
The message was clear. Jews in Israel ‘consumed’ Arabs. Israeli Jews had no regard for Justice.
It’s unclear why Falk should call this cartoon anti-American. Lady Justice is not a purely American icon. There was no item in the picture identified with America. The only items identified were marked as Jewish—the flag and the kippa.
When Falk was heavily criticized for posting something so blatantly ugly, he denied the viciousness of the cartoon. He denied it was anti-Semitic. Finally, under intense pressure, he took it down. (“Timeline: Richard Falk's Anti-Semitic Cartoon, Denial, and Non-Apology Apology”, unwatch.org, July 7, 2011).
Almost eighteen months later, Falk was asked to resign from his position at Human Rights Watch (HRW) (“Human Rights Watch Expels Anti-Semitic Official Richard Falk”, JewishPress.com, December 19, 2012). The NGO UN Watch had campaigned hard against Falk being at HRW. They had argued that such an anti-Semite at HRW undermined HRW’s founding principles (“Human Rights Watch Should Remove Anti-Semitic U.N. Official Richard Falk from Its Board,” unwatch.org, December 17, 2012). HRW agreed. They fired Falk.
UN Watch has long argued that Falk is an extreme anti-Semite. They reference his support of Hamas, which is an identified terrorist organization whose stated goal is to destroy Israel. UN Watch told HRW that Falk has been condemned for spreading anti-Semitism and 9/11 conspiracies by British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay (ibid).
Falk has said that Jews run Washington (JewishPress, above). He has regularly accused Israel of plotting a ‘holocaust’ against ‘Palestinians’ (ibid). He calls Israel, ‘genocidal’ (“Israel is ‘genocidal,’ says UN’s Richard Falk in TV interview,” Times of Israel, December 17, 2013). He has berated Israel for demanding that Palestinians renounce violence (ibid).
He has said that Israel treats ‘Palestinians’ the way German Nazis treated Jews (“Israel deports American academic”, The Guardian, December 15, 2008). He has endorsed a book that praised Adolf Hitler. This book, The Wandering Who?, by Gilad Atzmon, is so vile that 20 anti-Zionist activists condemned it as racist and anti-Semitic. Anti-Israel Palestinians condemned it for the same reason.
The book was so ugly that Tony Greenstein, a founding member of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and a member of “Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods”, tried in vain to convince Falk to pull his endorsement of the book (see “UN’s Richard Falk meeting anti-Semite in London, condemned by Palestinian activists for racism”, unwatch.org, December 25, 2013). He failed to convince Falk to recant.
Now, Richard Falk will retire from his UN position. He will present his last ‘report’ to the UN later in March. The contents of that report have been released (“UN's Falk Accuses Israel of Inhuman Acts”, Arutz Sheva, February 19, 2014). He accuses Israel of apartheid and inhuman acts against the Arab.
The report is pure Richard Falk. It is, in other words, pure anti-Israel propaganda.
Of course, the UN will not call this final Falk attack an anti-Semitic screed. The UN won’t call it anti-Israel. They won’t call it demonizing.
They’ll call it an official report. Richard Falk will no doubt retire with a smile on his face.
Israel President Shimon Peres reminds one of an abused wife. Her husband repeatedly beats her. But she always goes back to him because, she says, he really means well.
Shimon Peres is the abused wife. Mahmoud Abbas is the wife-beater. Peres, the abused, always returns to the abuser.
Peres cannot stop declaring how Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas is a true peace partner. He said it last year. Now he says it again.
On Sunday, February 16, 2014, Abbas held a special afternoon ‘conference’ for 300 Israeli university students. The students came to hear Abbas—and to ask questions.
This event was organized by an Israel-Palestinian NGO called, OneVoice. OneVoice is a Leftist NGO based in New York City, with offices in Tel Aviv and Ramallah. It supports a ‘two-state’ solution. Its Home Page tells you that it supports the ‘two-state’ solution proposed by the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative. This specific proposal requires a peace based on terms more harsh (towards Israel) than the current Obama ‘1967-lines-with-swaps’ plan.
The advertised purpose of the event was to give Israeli students—the future of Israel—an opportunity to speak directly to Abbas about peace.
The event was carefully organized. It was carefully run. It was carefully orchestrated.
It was a public relations bonanza for Abbas. In the diplomatic game of musical chairs, where each side in the Arab-Israel war competes for the best ‘position’, this Abbas event was pure genius.
It attracted a crowd. It created a buzz. It gave Abbas a stage upon which to strut.
He was marvellous. For a moment for these students, he was as good as a rock star.
Israel’s Peres loved it. He loved it sufficiently to declare that Abbas is clearly serious about peace. The Abbas show had made Peres ‘happy’.
Peres is wrong. Abbas has not yet proven he is a true ‘peace partner’. He is still Israel’s enemy.
For one thing, Abbas used the Arab ‘water libel’ at this event. Peace partners don’t libel their partners.
The ‘water libel’ is the accusation that Israel uses water allocation to discriminate against Arabs. In a desert world, that kind of discrimination is brutal.
This libel is the diplomat’s more genteel version of the vicious ‘blood-libel’ used by anti-Semites to incite against Jews. This water-libel has the same effect: it incites others to act against Israel.
It is also false. When Israel signed the Oslo Accords, it committed to allocate a specific amount of water to Arabs. Israel exceeds that commitment. That’s not discrimination.
Israel meets World Health Organization (WHO) water-allocation standards for per capita daily consumption. That’s not discrimination.
According to research by the government of Israel, Israel’s water allocation to Arabs meets all standards for proper water allocation. Israel’s allocation is also consistent with per capita water allocation to Arabs all across the Middle East. That consistency means that Israel does not use water to discriminate against Arabs.
The accusation is a libel against Israel. It is a lie.
Abbas repeated it. Peres ignored it.
What Peres could have said was, ‘Mr Abbas spoke today to 300 Israeli university students. He said many things about peace. Some of what he said disappoints us. But some of what he said could be encouraging. We look forward to hearing that he will drop his disappointing words and bring his encouraging comments to the negotiating table. We also look forward to hearing him repeat his encouraging words in Arabic on PA TV.’
Peres didn’t do that. Instead, he claimed that Abbas is serious about peace.
Peres must be careful. His oath of office requires him to maintain loyalty to the State of Israel.
When Israel’s Declaration of Independence was written, it spoke of the “establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz-Yisroel to be known as the State of Israel”. That Declaration is Israel’s birth certificate.
That birth certificate says Israel is Jewish. Loyalty to the State of Israel means unswerving support for this Jewish State.
Mahmoud Abbas wants a new state that removes Jewish Israel from the world map. Abbas is a declared enemy to the Jewish State. He hangs a picture of in his office showing the Jewish state gone, replaced by his Arab ‘Palestine’.
Such a man entertaining such a goal is not serious about peace. He is a serious enemy.
An Israel President takes an oath of loyalty to the Jewish State. Does Shimon Peres maintain that loyalty when he ennobles our enemy?
Every day, it becomes easier to demonstrate that the ‘Palestinian cause’ is immoral. Every day, we see how this supposedly moral cause is built upon lies.
Moral people do not lie. Moral causes do not lie.
Yesterday, headlines told us that European Union Parliamentary President Martin Schulz has been in Israel. He spoke yesterday (in German) to the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset. He criticized Israel. He said Israel uses water allocation to discriminate against Arabs in Judea-Samaria.
He repeated as fact the ‘Palestinian’ claim that Arabs in Judea-Samaria receive only 17 liters of water per day when Israelis receive 70 liters of water per day (“MKs Walk out of EU Head's Anti-Israel Speech,” Arutz Sheva, February 12, 2014).
His criticism sparked outrage. At least one MK heckled Schulz immediately. Bayit Yehudi head—and Economics Minister--Naftali Bennet signalled his Party’s Members to walk out of the Knesset chamber. They did so. Afterwards, other MKs spoke aloud to the press of their outrage at Schulz’s criticism, even as they remained in chamber for the rest of Schulz’s speech.
Many called this particular criticism (17 liters of water for Arabs vs 70 liters for Jews) an outright lie. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that it appeared that the President of the European Parliament, upon visiting Ramallah (‘Palestinian’ headquarters), had heard the bogus water claim and, without bothering to check for accuracy, repeated it to Israel’s Knesset.
This claim of water discrimination is not new. It has been around for years. It is part of demonize-Israel ideology. It is a lie that the UN has repeated often. So has the US, the EU, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and several anti-Israel NGOs. It’s a lie used to show how Israel oppresses the victimized, innocent Arab: in this harsh desert land, Israel allocates to the Arab only one-quarter the water it allocates to Jews.
In a hot climate, that’s not just brutal or discriminating allocation. It’s brutal discrimination.
The truth, however, tells a different story. Arabs receive between 24-46 million cubic meters (MCM) a year more water than Israel is required to provide under terms agreed to in the Oslo Accords (“The Facts About the Palestinian Arab Water Supply”, Mark Langfan, Arutz Sheva, February 13, 2014). The fact is that—according to the Israel Water Authority—the average Arab resident receives 165 liters of water a day—not the 17 liters claimed (“Even Palestinian Authority Stats Show Schulz Wrong”, Arutz Sheva, February 13, 2014).
Now, thanks to so some investigative reporting at the Israeli newspaper Maariv (ibid), the Palestinian Authority (PA) itself—which told Schulz the 17 liter-per-day lie—has its own view of average daily Arab water consumption. Using its own data sources and methodology (which are different from how Israel collects and uses data), the PA’s own Water Authority reports that (in 2011) daily Arab water consumption stood at 103 liters-per-day (not 17).
To understand what 103 liters-per-day means, go to an unflattering story about Israel on ALMonitor.com (“Israel Denies Palestinians Equal Water Access”, April 8, 2013). There, you’ll read that the World Health Organization (WHO) “recommends 100 liters of water per capita per day as the minimum quantity for basic consumption.”
The PA Water Authority says that its Arabs receive 103 liters per-day-per-person. That means that Israel’s water-allocation process meets WHO standards. If WHO standards are met, then Israel’s water allocation to Arabs does not meet the definition of ‘discrimination’. To discriminate, Israel would have to keep Arab water availability below WHO standards so as to coerce, oppress and control.
This afternoon, Yuval Steinitz, who is Israel’s Minister of Intelligence, International Relations and Strategic Affairs, said that Arab water consumption in Israel and the PA is similar to Arab water consumption in other Arab countries (“PA Water Consumption the Same as the Rest of Arab World”, Arutz Sheva, February 13, 2014).. He added that differences in water consumption between Israelis and Palestinian Authority (PA) residents could not be compared because of differences in standards of living. He might have added that life-style and data collection issues could also account for reported consumption differences—not discrimination.
The Arab 103 liter-per-day-per-person meets WHO health standards for acceptability. Meeting WHO water standards is discrimination?
Israel exceeds Oslo water requirements. Exceeding Oslo requirements is discrimination?
Israel exceeds Oslo requirements. Israel meets WHO standards. That’s discrimination?
The PA lies. It lies to present Israel as brutal. It lies to ‘prove’ that Israel discriminates against Arab by allocating only 17 liters of water per-day-per-Arab citizen.
The Arab cause is built upon lies. It’s an immoral house of cards. It will collapse.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promotes ‘peace’ talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA). He says Israel will sign a peace agreement—if certain conditions are met. One of his conditions is the Arab recognition of Israel as a Jewish State.
Israeli Leftists do not think such recognition is necessary (“Likud Ministers: Peres Shooting His Mouth Off Again”, Arutz Sheva, January 23, 2014). Some Leftists believe that such a demand is total nonsense (“[Former Mossad chief Meir] Dagan: Demand for Recognition is 'Nonsense”, Arutz Sheva, February 12, 2014).
But while such comments make headlines, they are not newsworthy. The reason is simple: Israel’s Leftists do not want a Jewish Israel. They don’t believe Israel should be Jewish. They don’t care if Israel isn’t Jewish. They’ve been trying to get Israel away from its ‘Jewishness’ for decades.
They don’t want to recognize Israel as a Jewish State. Why would they demand Arabs to do something they themselves won’t do?
But while the Leftists may see this question of a Jewish Israel as irrelevant to the peace process, others do not. For these ‘others’, the question of Israel’s Jewishness is far from irrelevant; it’s the core issue of Palestinianism, which lies at the heart of ‘Palestinian’ statehood.
Palestinianism is the drive to replace Israel with a Muslim entity. It is the drive to drive Jews out of the Levant. For the Muslim, ‘Palestine’ is not to be just another nation. It is to be the crowning symbol of Islamification.
Listen to Muslim clerics. Listen to officials from Hamas and the PA. Better yet, read the Hamas Charter. It’s all there—and it is very, very clear.
It is Palestinianism.
Jews in Israel—including the President and all former Mossad chiefs—have an obligation to demand Arab recognition of Israel as Jewish. This is an obligation because that demand guarantees that Israel survives the current diplomatic war against Israel. It guarantees that, after a ‘Palestine’ is created, Israel remains the home of the Jews. It tells the Muslim that Israel is not interested in being replaced by a Muslim ‘Palestine’. It declares that Israel will be separate. It will be Jewish.
This is why the ‘Palestinians’ say they refuse to accept Israel as Jewish. They don’t want Israel to be separate. They want Israel subsumed under their ‘Palestine’. Recognition of Israel as Jewish would invalidate their ‘Palestinianism’; or, as PA Executive Committee Member Hanan Ashrawi recently put it, “Recognition of Israel as a Jewish state would mean giving up the rights of Palestinians”, (Haaretz, January 12, 2014).
Think about what she is saying. The most fundamental right of Palestinians is not statehood. It’s Islam. Why else would a PA official call for Jihad in Jerusalem (“PA Minister: Jihad Should be Directed at Jerusalem, Not Syria”, Arutz Sheva, January 22, 2014)? Why else do Muslim officials repeat that Jerusalem, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall are not Jewish, but Islamic?
Palestinianism demands it.
This question of Israel’s Jewishness is not just a negotiation point. It goes to the heart of the ‘Palestinian’ cause, which is based upon the Muslim ‘Palestinianism’, which is the Muslim goal to replace Israel with a Muslim ‘Palestine.’
Israel’s President and high-ranking former military and Intelligence officials know that the desire to un-Jewish lsrael is part of the Arab war against Israel. Like all public and former public officials, they have an obligation to defend and protect the country they serve.
Peres and Dagan should defend their country. They should demand that Israel be recognized as Jewish. To do otherwise signals to the Muslim that Israel is not interested in being an independent country, separate from Islam. An Israeli indifference to its Jewish identity also signals that Israel is indifferent to being transformed into something else—something not-Jewish.
We all know what ‘not-Jewish’ means in the Muslim Middle East. It means the destruction of the State of Israel.
Shimon Peres and Moshe Dagan may not care about their Jewishness. But as public officials, they have a public duty to defend Israel, despite their personal feelings. Israel’s Jewishness is a war-target. These officials and former officials are obligated to protect that target from Israel’s enemies.
The Left wants to make Israel a secular state. But this is the Middle East. There are no secular states here.
Israel will be either Jewish or Muslim. There are no other options.
For Arab-Israel peace talks, Israel’s Jewishness is not irrelevant, unnecessary or nonsense. It’s the core question. How we answer it will determine if Israel will be Jewish or Islamified.
Tzipi Livni, Israel’s Minister of Justice, is also Israel’s chief negotiator in current Arab-Israel peace talks. She is a long-term advocate for ‘peace’. She believes in a ‘two-state’ solution. She says that if Israel does not sign immediately for ‘two states for two people’ there will be ‘devastating consequences’ for Israel (“Livni: Delaying 'Two-State Solution' is an Historical Mistake”, Arutz Sheva, June 4, 2013).
She says time is running out. She says we are running out of possibilities (ibid). She says that Israel MKs who are not prepared to concede land are “hypocrites – and, if they get their way, will ultimately destroy Israel as a Jewish state” (“Livni: If We Don’t Decide, the World will Decide For Us”, Arutz Sheva, February 6, 2014). She says that surrendering land is the only choice we have (“Livni: 2-state solution is only way to safeguard Zionism”, Jerusalem Post, June 6, 2013). She says the only way we can maintain our Zionist identity is to surrender land--now.
She has a lot to say. But she’s wrong. If we surrender land now we will lose our identity, not maintain it. We will not see a stronger Israel. We will see the Islamification of Israel.
She’s also wrong to believe that this Arab-Israel Israel conflict is about land. It isn’t. It’s not even about peace.
This conflict is about G-d.
More precisely, this conflict is about whose G-d gets to rule in the Israel—the god of Islam or the G-d of Israel.
Ask the Arab. He’ll tell you.
If you don’t want to ask, watch PMW.org. You’ll see how often the Arab declares that this land belongs to the Islamic god.
If you don’t want to watch PMW.org, read Israeli news. The Arab can’t stop proclaiming his desire for the religious conquest of Israel. For example, Mahmoud Abbas has declared—more than once—that the Western Wall is not Jewish—it’s Islamic (“Palestinian Authority Denies Jewish Right to Western Wall”, Arutz Sheva, August 12, 2013). He claims that the Temple Mount and the Wall are not Jewish. They're Islamic.
The Supreme Muslim cleric for ‘Palestine’, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, claims that Jerusalem has no ties to Jews—it’s Islamic (“Mufti: Jerusalem is 'Islamic'”, Arutz Sheva, November 12, 2013). The Temple Mount should not, Muslims declare, be for Jews (“Islamic Movement Leader: Temple Mount for Muslims Only”, Arutz Sheva, December 8, 2013). It’s Islamic.
Everywhere in Israel, the Muslim declaration is clear: this is not your land. This land is not Jewish. It belongs to Islam.
This conflict is not about two states. It’s about the Islamification of Israel.
Livni is wrong. The Arab is right. This conflict is about G-d. That’s what he fights for. It’s what we need to fight for.
Only one of us will win.
You need to understand something. It’s time to stand up. It’s time to act. It’s time to ‘vote’.
If you want a Jewish Israel, you can no longer remain silent. You cannot support a two state solution.
Do either of those things and you vote for Islamification.
You keep your Jewish State by voting for Israel. How you express that vote is up to you. You can go to lectures and stand up to defend Israel. You can write Reader Comments to anti-Israel essays. You can talk to friends and relatives about the need to stand up for Israel. If you feel you are not articulate enough to do these things, you can work to sponsor pro-Israel activities in your community. You can work at your shul to sponsor pro-Israel speeches. You can write checks to support those who fight for Israel on your behalf.
But the one thing you cannot do is remain aloof. As Israel faces increasing pressure ‘to surrender land or else’, we all lose the luxury of silence.
Silence is not an option. It’s a vote for the enemy of Israel.
Through action or silence, you cast a vote. That vote will give this Holy Land to the god of Islam--or give this Holy Land to the G-d of Israel.
You cannot be politically correct here. You must choose.
Abstention is a vote for the god of Islam. Refusing to vote is a vote for the god of Islam. Uncertainty about how to vote is a vote for the god of Islam. Forgetting to vote is a vote for the god of Islam.
Get the picture?
Whether you take an action or do nothing, you vote. That vote will be either for or against the G-d of Israel.
In the Book of D’varim, G-d tells us more than 25 times to ‘possess the land’. Tzipi Livni wants to give that land away.
Do you follow your G-d--or Livni? Do you vote to possess the land—or give it away?
Is Livni wrong—or is she right?